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Italian Wine

Named “Oenotria” by the ancient Greeks for its abundance of grapevines, Italy has always had a culture virtually inextricable from red, white and sparkling wine. Wine grapes grow in every region throughout Italy—a long and narrow boot-shaped peninsula extending into the Mediterranean.

Italian Wine Regions

Naturally, most Italian wine regions enjoy a Mediterranean climate and a notable coastline, if not coastline on all borders, as is the case with the islands of Sicily and Sardinia. The Alps in the northern regions of Valle d'Aosta, Lombardy and Alto Adige create favorable conditions for cool-climate grape varieties. The Apennine Mountains, extending from Liguria in the north to Calabria in the south, affect climate, grape variety and harvest periods throughout. Considering the variable terrain and conditions, it is still safe to say that most high quality viticulture in Italy takes place on picturesque hillsides.

Italian Grape Varieties

Italy boasts more indigenous grape varieties than any other country—between 500 and 800, depending on whom you ask—and most Italian wine production relies upon these native grapes. In some regions, international varieties have worked their way in, but are declining in popularity, especially as younger growers take interest in reviving local varieties. Most important are Sangiovese, reaching its greatest potential in Tuscany, as well as Nebbiolo, the prized grape of Piedmont, producing single varietal, age-worthy Piedmontese wines. Other important varieties include Corvina, Montepulciano, Barbera, Nero d’Avola and of course the white wines, Trebbiano, Verdicchio and Garganega. The list goes on.

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  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2007 Front Label
    Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2007
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Fattoria La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004 Front Label
    Fattoria La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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    Fattoria La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve (6 Liter Bottle - signs of past seepage) 2010 Front Label
    Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve (6 Liter Bottle - signs of past seepage) 2010
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino (chipped wax - 1.5 Liter Magnum) 2007 Front Label
    Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino (chipped wax - 1.5 Liter Magnum) 2007
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Prunotto Barolo Bussia (1.5 Liter Magum) 1996  Front Label
    Prunotto Barolo Bussia (1.5 Liter Magum) 1996
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Ornellaia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Ornellaia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001 Front Label
    Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ruffino Ducale Chianti Classico Riserva (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001  Front Label
    Ruffino Ducale Chianti Classico Riserva (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Tenuta Guado al Tasso (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1997  Front Label
      Tenuta Guado al Tasso (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1997
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Antinori Tignanello (3 Liter Bottle) 1997  Front Label
        Antinori Tignanello (3 Liter Bottle) 1997
        Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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        • Cantina del Pino Ovello Barbaresco (1.5L Magnum) 2004 Front Label
          Cantina del Pino Ovello Barbaresco (1.5L Magnum) 2004
          Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Passopisciaro Passopisciaro (1.5L Magnum) 2006  Front Label
          Passopisciaro Passopisciaro (1.5L Magnum) 2006
          Other Red Blends from Sicily, Italy
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        • Bucci Villa Bucci Riserva Verdicchio (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
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          Verdicchio from Italy
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        • Luigi Pira Barolo Marenca (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999 Front Label
          Luigi Pira Barolo Marenca (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999
          Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1998  Front Label
          Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1998
          Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1998  Front Label
          Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1998
          Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Cerbaiona Brunello di Montalcino (1.5 Liter Magnum in Wood Gift Box) 2013  Front Label
          Cerbaiona Brunello di Montalcino (1.5 Liter Magnum in Wood Gift Box) 2013
          Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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          • Allegrini Amarone (3 Liter Bottle) 1996
            Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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            Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999  Front Label
            Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999
            Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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            • Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva (3 Liter Bottle) 2011  Front Label
              Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva (3 Liter Bottle) 2011
              Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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